Leeds Caribbean restaurant set for festive launch

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A new £1m Jamaican-themed restaurant is set to open its doors in Leeds city centre ahead of Christmas.

Turtle Bay will bring a taste of the Caribbean to The Light Shopping Centre when it officially opens next month.

But the restaurant’s owners are remaining tight-lipped about the restaurant’s interiors.

The Yorkshire Evening Post earlier revealed the 150 cover eatery will take over the former O’Neill store at The Light shopping centre on Albion Street.

The restaurant chain has already established sites in Manchester, Nottingham and London.

And it is believed the latest venture into Leeds will create 60 jobs.

Turtle Bay is due to open its doors on December 21.

A spokesperson from the company said: “Turtle Bay celebrates the lively, colourful, soulful and, above all, delicious experiences that the Caribbean has to offer - from rich and explosive flavours to laid back ‘liming’.

“Our mission is to capture the spirit of celebration that the Caribbean is famed for around the globe

“Turtle Bay is designed to create the perfect atmosphere for enjoying bold, spicy food and drink, and its ‘look’ is as vibrant and lively as you might expect, with each restaurant created bespoke for its site and city.

“The new Leeds restaurant will be no exception - more details of the interiors to be revealed soon.”

The latest boost to the city centre comes just weeks after Latin American rum bar and cantina, Revolucion De Cuba, officially opened its doors to the public. The owners of the chain invested more than £1.5m in the former Baracoa Luxe bar site on Call Lane. The people behind Baracoa, have snapped up the old Rock Bar site for their latest venture.

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